Afghans say UK's refugee processing 'is the worst'

Afghans say UK’s refugee processing ‘is the worst’: Vulnerable families who fled Taliban blast Britain’s claims processing system after becoming stranded in tented camps awaiting flights here, MPs are told

  • Afghan refugees say UK is ‘worst country in the world’ for processing claims
  • Afghans have become stranded in camps awaiting flights to the UK, MPs heard 
  • Since the withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan, just one RAF flight carrying refugees from a third country has arrived in Britain

Afghan refugees who fled the Taliban have claimed Britain is the ‘worst country in the world’ for processing their claims.

Vulnerable Afghans, including unaccompanied children, have become stranded in tented camps awaiting flights to the UK, MPs heard yesterday.

Since the withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan, just one RAF flight carrying refugees from a third country has arrived in Britain – and with only 35 Afghans on board.

At a parliamentary committee hearing Angus MacNeil, an SNP MP, said while meeting refugees in Qatar last week: ‘I asked them which countries were best at moving people on. 

Vulnerable Afghans, including unaccompanied children, have become stranded in tented camps awaiting flights to the UK, MPs heard yesterday. Pictured: Border Force staff assist a female evacuee as Afghan refugees arrive from Kabul at Heathrow Airport

‘Sweden and Italy came first. I asked who were the worst and they said we were. So we could be doing an awful lot better.’

The UK’s national security adviser Sir Stephen Lovegrove said it was ‘disturbing’ to hear of the poor efficiency assessment made by refugees and suggested the delays might be caused by enhanced security checks. 

He admitted the Government does not know how many Afghans entitled to come to Britain remain in Afghanistan and require assistance.

A government spokesman said it was ‘working at pace to establish the resettlement scheme, which will see 20,000 in need welcomed to the UK’.

The Daily Mail’s award-winning Betrayal of the Brave campaign has long highlighted the plight of Afghan translators.

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